Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Benzos or benzodiazepines are highly addictive anti-anxiety medication. If you are taking one of the many benzodiazepines on the market today, you might find yourself wondering if you need benzo addiction treatment. There are a couple of sure signs that you should find a treatment center to help with your addiction.
Taking Benzos Recreationally Rather than by Prescription
If you are taking a benzo recreationally, there is a good chance that addiction treatment is necessary. Benzos are a serious class of drugs that can easily kill you in incorrect doses. Snorting, injecting, or chewing benzos can cause more of the medication to cross the blood brain barrier faster increasing your overdose risk.
You have a Tolerance to Benzos
When you start needing more and more of the benzo you are taking in order to achieve the same results, this is a classic dependence and addiction pattern. Most people who use benzos find that they eventually need to increase the dose.
There is a problem when you are using more than your doctor prescribed or find yourself using them more and more recreationally. If this is the case, you need to find a treatment center than can help you with your addiction.
Your Benzo use is Interfering with your Life
Use becomes an addiction when the drug begins to interfere with your normal life. According to the Mayo Clinic, a few signs of addiction interfering with your life are:
- Problems at school or work because of your addiction
- Not meeting your obligations to friends, family, work, or school
- Avoiding your friends and family to do the benzo
- Avoiding your friends and family because they disapprove of your benzo use
- Focusing your time and energy on getting the medication rather than doing the things you normally would
- Not engaging in the activities you once enjoyed because of the benzo
- Spending money reserved for bills and other necessities to buy benzos
All of these are signs that your benzo use is interfering with your life.
You Experience Withdrawal Symptoms if you Stop Taking the Benzo
You know you have an issue with benzodiazepines and need treatment when you start to experience withdrawal when you do not have the benzo. According to the National Institutes of Health and other sources, these symptoms are:
- Rebound anxiety
- Perceptual distortions
- Muscle twitches
- Panic attacks
- Increased tension
Many of these symptoms become severe very quickly. Benzo withdrawal may also be dangerous, if you are a heavy or long time user. If you begin to experience benzo withdrawal, you need to seek treatment before it gets to a deadly stage.